Whether it's due to too much time in the city, in the cold, or an unexplainable quirk of your wanderlust, there are times when you long for the arid, desolate beauty of the American West at its wildest. Book hotels in Hesperia, CA—named for Hesperus, the Greek god of the west—and find yourself at the fringes of the Mojave Desert. Unwelcoming and barren at first glance, yet up close a buzzing, rattling, rustling world of sun-baked mystery, its landscape will satisfy all your desert desires.
A night at a Hesperia hotel plants you in the high Mojave desert, where just steps beyond the asphalt you gaze upon a landscape of spindly juniper and sagebrush, tumbleweeds and rattlesnakes, and the unmistakable silhouette of the Joshua tree. It's all so close that you feel you could create your own trail on a whim, yet your wise wandering instinct tells you that's not the way to go. Instead, arrange Hesperia rental cars and drive to nearby Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area. Here, the centerpiece lake invites you into its oasis, and long-trodden trails promise a less vulnerable adventure. Among them is part of the legendary Pacific Crest Trail, which with every step reminds you that you could traverse through the western states in their entirety...but today you're content to stick to this section; it's all you need to feel as immersed in the landscape. The PCT's most famous hiker, Cheryl Strayed, summed it up in writing “I was a pebble. I was a leaf. I was the jagged branch of a tree. I was nothing to them and they were everything to me.” After experiencing the desert undisturbed and wild, see it tamed and transformed when you stay in one of many fine Palm Springs hotels, with tempting options from posh spa resorts to boutique inns.
Use the Travelocity app to find Hesperia hotels and experience two sides to the Southern California desert. Where else can you follow a day wandering dusty trails and admiring spiky sunset silhouettes with a cool cocktail at an elegant urban bistro?